This month we’re celebrating ten sleek and sophisticated bed and breakfasts known for their clean, minimalist aesthetic and modern design. These properties offer discerning travelers a unique boutique inn experience and state-of-the-art amenities in luxurious one-of-a-kind settings.
The Attwater, Newport, RI
This chic, design-driven bed and breakfast in Newport’s central historic district is the perfect destination for those in need of a New England getaway. The inn’s furnishings and nautical accents like nail heads, grommets, and lacquered finishes pay tribute to the city’s seaside location while mixing in modern twists and unexpected spins on the traditional coastal color palette of blues and greens. Each of the 17 guestrooms offers the perfect blend of design and comfort with sleek furniture, bold fabrics, and plush linens, in addition to technological conveniences such as iPod docking stations, iPads, and Apple TVs.
The Awtrey House, Nehalem, OR
Nestled at the foot of Neahkahnie Mountain along Oregon’s Pacific Coast, this bed and breakfast lies on a seven-mile beach bordering the charming village of Manzanita in an area known for its Northwest design and arts community. The inn showcases the modern style of acclaimed architect James Cutler and is adorned with paintings created by local Neahkahnie artist Pam Greene. The two guestrooms each feature a private terrace with panoramic ocean views, vaulted ceilings spanned with wooden beams, a luxurious king-sized bed, and a private ensuite bathroom with an overhead rain shower and oversized soaking tub.
B&B "La vie en Rose" Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
B&B Located in the heart of Amsterdam, this bed and breakfast set in an historic Grand Canal townhouse is just steps away from Dam Square and Central Station. Painted in cheerfully bright hues, the two spacious apartments each have a private entrance and include a fully equipped kitchen with an adjacent dining area, a living room with a flat-screen television, and an ensuite bathroom complete with a walk-in shower and heated towel racks for the ultimate in post-shower comfort. The apartments also offer seven modern double-glazed windows with views of the Royal Palace.
Butterfly Gap Retreat, Maryville, TN
Located just six miles from downtown Maryville on 900 wooded acres complete with a private 12-acre lake, this adults-only bed and breakfast features distinctive modern architecture and chic interior design while offering guests an array of luxurious amenities. Designed as a romantic couples retreat, the spacious and secluded one-bedroom guesthouses are all outfitted with king- or queen-sized beds, gas fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms with air-jet bathtubs and oversized walk-in showers, and private screened-in porches that provide picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. In the mornings, guests can enjoy fresh, homemade breakfasts delivered directly to their door.
Chateau La Mothe du Barry, Moulon, France
Set at the heart of a working vineyard less than 20 miles from the city of Bordeaux, this bed and breakfast housed in a row of stone buildings offers three guestrooms created in concrete tanks formerly used for fermenting the juice of grapes into wine. The three rooms, which include access to a shared common area and library, feature a modern design with comfortable furnishings, windows overlooking the interior courtyard, and private ensuite bathrooms containing walk-in showers equipped with rainwater shower heads. All stays include a fresh breakfast of homemade bread and pastries served with sweet honey and jams.
Gaige House, A Four Sisters Inn, Glen Ellen, CA
Situated in the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, a stay at this enchanting bed and breakfast set along Calbazas Creek will make you feel as if you’ve discovered a romantic secret hideaway. The inn, which includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, elegantly mixes its contemporary décor with vintage touches and accents, and the 23 guestrooms all feature a modern, Asian-inspired design. The property also provides luxurious in-room spa services and features nooks for quiet reflection, including a hammock underneath a canopy of ancient oak trees and rock garden with a miniature pagoda at its center.
Kimber Modern, Austin, TX
The urban setting in the heart of Austin’s vibrant SoCo district, modern amenities, and eclectic display of original art at this adults-only boutique bed and breakfast with sleek light-filled rooms all help make it a memorable destination. The inn’s unique eco-friendly architectural design features energy-efficient insulated low-e glass, as well as an energy-efficient rain-screen façade that effectively cancels any heat from solar radiation. Guestrooms offer all-natural latex rubber king- or queen-sized beds dressed in 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and private ensuite bathrooms with oversized walk-in showers and a selection of Malin and Goetz bath products.
The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn on Cape Cod, West Harwich, MA
Located 80 minutes from Boston in the seaside village of Harwich on Cape Cod, this recently upgraded historic inn is a short stroll away from the sandy beaches of Nantucket Sound and ideally located for travelers wishing to take day-trips to the picturesque New England islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The boutique bed and breakfast offers luxurious guestrooms with a contemporary design, all of which include king-sized beds adorned with high-end linens and spacious ensuite bathrooms stocked with eco-friendly Monarch towels. Some of the rooms also feature fireplaces and private outdoor spaces.
POSH Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
Set against the backdrop of the sunny and beautiful Palm Springs desert, the entirety of this chic bed and breakfast blends Modernism with Art Deco. The inn is located near the Uptown Art District in the historic El Mirador district and offers unparalleled hospitality and personalized service. The nine guestrooms each include a king-sized bed dressed with 500-thread-count linens, sophisticated décor and amenities, and private ensuite bathrooms supplied with plush spa bathrobes. Relax on hot days with a dip in the 20x40-foot swimming pool or a soak in the saltwater hot tub.
By Michelle Rittler